The American Cheese Education Foundation was created to educate people about the art and science of artisanal and specialty cheese.

Board of Directors

Laura Werlin


Author/Food Writer

San Francisco, CA

Sue Conley

Cowgirl Creamery
Petaluma, CA

Kurt Dammeier

Beecher's Handmade Cheese
Seattle, WA

David Gremmels

Rogue Creamery
Central Point, OR

Allison Hooper

Vermont Creamery Websterville, VT

Bob Wills

Cedar Grove Cheese
Plain, WI

Nora Weiser

ACS Executive Director

American Cheese Society

Denver, CO



The American Cheese Society’s sister organization, the American Cheese Education Foundation (ACEF), supports existing and new educational efforts to further educational opportunities for all those interested in producing, marketing, selling, and appreciating North America’s artisan, farmstead, and specialty cheeses.


A Tax-Deductible Charitable Organization.

The ACEF can receive charitable contributions and tax deductible gifts. This means that anyone---an individual or a business---can make tax deductible donations in support of existing and new educational efforts to enrich the services offered to members of the American Cheese Society and to enhance public education about artisan and specialty cheeses.

Eligible for New Funding Opportunities.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, ACEF is eligible for foundation and federal grants for which the American Cheese Society cannot apply. Access to a greater pool of resources will allow the American Cheese Society to continue to deliver innovative and timely educational opportunities.